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The Outdoor Poet: Sholeh Wolpe

Walking in the Woods

The leaves like joyous gypsies
rush me and who’s to say if
the wind is their God,
that any other force but their own bright will
is responsible for their merry, careless dance?

Even the dust on my boots,
excited, rises –
pirouettes into the autumn air.


About the writer Sholeh Wolpé was born in Iran, and spent most of her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. Sholeh is a recipient of 2013 Midwest Book Award and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize. Her eight publications include three collections of poetry, three anthologies and two books of translations. Her most recent publications are: Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths and Breaking the Jaws of Silence: Sixty American Poets Speak to the World. She lives (mostly) in Los Angeles.

The Outdoor Poet is edited by Robert Sward, author of numerous books of poetry including, most recently, New and Selected Poems: 1957-2011 (Red Hen Press). He lives on the Westside with his wife, the artist Gloria Alford, and a poodle mix named Cosette. Participation in The Outdoor Poet is by invitation.

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